Thwaites acquires Yorkshire Dales pub

Daniel Thwaites has acquired The Red Lion pub in the Yorkshire Dales.

Lancashire’s oldest family brewer, publican and hotelier Daniel Thwaites has acquired The Red Lion pub in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Red Lion is located at the bridge over the River Wharfe in Burnsall, a rural village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The pub dates back to the 16th century and has been owned by the Grayshon family since 1991. The current proprietors are four sisters who took the property on from their parents. Together with their husbands, the sisters have built The Red Lion into a popular, thriving and successful business, with 25 bedrooms, a riverside terrace, a function suite and five two-bedroom holiday cottages, each with views over the River Wharfe and the surrounding fells and moors.

"Over the past three decades we have lovingly restored The Red Lion’s buildings, carefully retaining its historic original features," says eldest sister Sarah Stockdale. "We’ve met a huge cross section of people over the years who have become our friends and our memories will be with us forever. 

"Now, however, is the right time for us to step back to focus on new challenges. We’re so pleased that Thwaites is taking The Red Lion on. It’s great to see another family business with a track record of running fantastic properties take the reins and we wish them every success.”

Thwaites is already familiar with the Yorkshire Dales, where it also owns The Lister Arms in Malham and The Golden Lion in Settle. 

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